Recommended Reads for Kids
Eleven-year-old Isabella’s blended family is more divided than ever in this thoughtful story about divorce and racial identity from the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Out of My Mind, Sharon M. Draper.
Eleven-year-old Isabella’s parents are divorced, so she has to switch lives every week: One week she’s Isabella with her dad, his girlfriend Anastasia, and her son Darren living in a fancy house where they are one of the only black families in the neighborhood. The next week she’s Izzy with her mom and her boyfriend John-Mark in a small, not-so-fancy house that she loves.
Because of this, Isabella has always felt pulled between two worlds. And now that her parents are divorced, it seems their fights are even worse, and they’re always about HER. Isabella feels even more stuck in the middle, split and divided between them than ever. And she’s is beginning to realize that being split between Mom and Dad is more than switching houses, switching nicknames, switching backpacks: it’s also about switching identities. Her dad is black, her mom is white, and strangers are always commenting: “You’re so exotic!” “You look so unusual.” “But what are you really?” She knows what they’re really saying: “You don’t look like your parents.” “You’re different.” “What race are you really?” And when her parents, who both get engaged at the same time, get in their biggest fight ever, Isabella doesn’t just feel divided, she feels ripped in two. What does it mean to be half white or half black? To belong to half mom and half dad? And if you’re only seen as half of this and half of that, how can you ever feel whole?
It seems like nothing can bring Isabella’s family together again—until the worst happens. Isabella and Darren are stopped by the police. A cell phone is mistaken for a gun. And shots are fired.
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky
Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Kwame Mbalia's epic fantasy, a middle grade American Gods set in a richly-imagined world populated with African American folk heroes and West African gods.
Seventh grader Tristan Strong feels anything but strong ever since he failed to save his best friend when they were in a bus accident together. All he has left of Eddie is the journal his friend wrote stories in. Tristan is dreading the month he's going to spend on his grandparents' farm in Alabama, where he's being sent to heal from the tragedy. But on his first night there, a sticky creature shows up in his bedroom and steals Eddie's notebook. Tristan chases after it--is that a doll?--and a tug-of-war ensues between them underneath a Bottle Tree. In a last attempt to wrestle the journal out of the creature's hands, Tristan punches the tree, accidentally ripping open a chasm into the MidPass, a volatile place with a burning sea, haunted bone ships, and iron monsters that are hunting the inhabitants of this world. Tristan finds himself in the middle of a battle that has left black American folk heroes John Henry and Brer Rabbit exhausted. In order to get back home, Tristan and these new allies will need to entice the god Anansi, the Weaver, to come out of hiding and seal the hole in the sky. But bartering with the trickster Anansi always comes at a price. Can Tristan save this world before he loses more of the things he loves?
Some Places More Than Others
From Newbery Honor- and Coretta Scott King Author Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Renée Watson comes a heartwarming and inspiring middle-grade novel about finding deep roots and exploring the past, the present, and the places that make us who we are.
All Amara wants for her birthday is to visit her father's family in New York City--Harlem, to be exact. She can't wait to finally meet her Grandpa Earl and cousins in person, and to stay in the brownstone where her father grew up. Maybe this will help her understand her family--and herself--in new way.
But New York City is not exactly what Amara thought it would be. It's crowded, with confusing subways, suffocating sidewalks, and her father is too busy with work to spend time with her and too angry to spend time with Grandpa Earl. As she explores, asks questions, and learns more and more about Harlem and about her father and his family history, she realizes how, in some ways more than others, she connects with him, her home, and her family.
Acclaim for Piecing Me Together
Newbery Honor Book
Coretta Scott King Author Award
Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Young Adult Finalist
A New York Public Library Best Book for Teens
A Chicago Public Library Best Book, Teen Fiction
An ALA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults
An NPR Best Book
A Kirkus Reviews' Best Teen Book
A Refinery29 Best Book
In his eagerly anticipated debut as author-illustrator, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King honoree Christian Robinson brings young readers on a playful, imaginative journey into another world.
What if you…
encountered another perspective?
Discovered another world?
Met another you?
What might you do?
How to Read a Book
A stunning new picture book from Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander and Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet! This New York Times bestselling duo has teamed up for the first time to bring you How to Read a Book, a poetic and beautiful journey about the experience of reading.
Find a tree—a
black tupelo or
dawn redwood will do—and
(It’s okay if you prefer a stoop, like Langston Hughes.)
With these words, an adventure begins. Kwame Alexander’s evocative poetry and Melissa Sweet’s lush artwork come together to take readers on a sensory journey between the pages of a book.
In this warm and tender story by the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Thank You, Omu!, join a mother and daughter on an up-and-down journey that reminds them of what's best about Saturdays: precious time together. Today would be special. Today would be splendid. It was Saturday! But sometimes, the best plans don't work out exactly the way you expect....
In this heartfelt and universal story, a mother and daughter look forward to their special Saturday routine together every single week. But this Saturday, one thing after another goes wrong--ruining storytime, salon time, picnic time, and the puppet show they'd been looking forward to going to all week. Mom is nearing a meltdown...until her loving daughter reminds her that being together is the most important thing of all.
Author-artist Oge Mora's highly anticipated follow up to Caldecott Honor Thank You, Omu! features the same magnificently radiant artwork and celebration of sharing so beloved in her debut picture book.
A New York Times bestseller!
From Academy Award–winning actress Lupita Nyong’o comes a powerful, moving picture book about colorism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within.
Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything.
In this stunning debut picture book, actress Lupita Nyong’o creates a whimsical and heartwarming story to inspire children to see their own unique beauty.
"I love that Hair Love is highlighting the relationship between a Black father and daughter. Matthew leads the ranks of new creatives who are telling unique stories of the Black experience. We need this."
- Jordan Peele, Actor & Filmmaker
It's up to Daddy to give his daughter an extra-special hair style in this ode to self-confidence and the love between fathers and daughters, from former NFL wide receiver Matthew A. Cherry and New York Times bestselling illustrator Vashti Harrison.
Zuri's hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it's beautiful. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he LOVES his Zuri, and he'll do anything to make her -- and her hair -- happy.
Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair -- and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere.
Tight: Lately Bryan's been feeling it in all kinds of ways. He knows what's tight for him in a good way--reading comics, drawing superheroes, and hanging out with no drama. But drama's hard to escape where he's from, and that gets him wound up tight.
And now Bryan's new friend Mike is challenging him to have fun in ways that are crazy risky. At first, it's a rush following Mike, hopping turnstiles, subway surfing, and getting into all kinds of trouble. But Bryan never feels right acting wrong. So which way will he go when he understands that drama is so not his style? Fortunately his favorite comic heroes shed light on his dilemma, reminding him that he has power--the power to choose his friends and to stand up for what he believes is right . . .
Torrey Maldonado delivers a fast-paced, insightful, dynamic story. Readers will connect with Bryan's journey as he navigates a tough world with a heartfelt desire for a different life.
A fresh and fun graphic novel series spin-off of The Baby-sitters Club, featuring Kristy's little stepsister!
Karen Brewer lives next door to Mrs. Porter, who wears long robes and has wild gray hair. Mrs. Porter has a black cat named Midnight and always seems to be working in her garden. Karen isn't supposed to spy on her neighbor, but she's determined to prove that Mrs. Porter is a witch named Morbidda Destiny!
Mrs. Porter is getting ready to have a special meeting at her house, and Karen is sure the meeting is for witches. Are they going to cast a spell on Karen? Or will she be brave enough to send them away -- once and for all?
This Was Our Pact
Ryan Andrews's This Was Our Pact is an astonishing, magical-realist adventure story for middle-grade readers.
It's the night of the annual Autumn Equinox Festival, when the town gathers to float paper lanterns down the river. Legend has it that after drifting out of sight, they'll soar off to the Milky Way and turn into brilliant stars, but could that actually be true? This year, Ben and his classmates are determined to find out where those lanterns really go, and to ensure success in their mission, they've made a pact with two simple rules: No one turns for home. No one looks back.
The plan is to follow the river on their bikes for as long as it takes to learn the truth, but it isn't long before the pact is broken by all except for Ben and Nathaniel, the one kid who just doesn't seem to fit in.
Together, Nathaniel and Ben will travel farther than anyone has ever gone, down a winding road full of magic, wonder, and unexpected friendship*. *And a talking bear.
Stargazing is a heartwarming middle-grade graphic novel in the spirit of Real Friends and El Deafo, from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Jen Wang.
Moon is everything Christine isn't. She’s confident, impulsive, artistic . . . and though they both grew up in the same Chinese-American suburb, Moon is somehow unlike anyone Christine has ever known.
But after Moon moves in next door, these unlikely friends are soon best friends. Moon even tells Christine her deepest secret: that she has visions, sometimes, of celestial beings who speak to her from the stars. Who reassure her that earth isn't where she really belongs. Moon's visions have an all-too-earthly root, however, and soon Christine's best friend is in the hospital, fighting for her life. Can Christine be the friend Moon needs, now, when the sky is falling?
Talking math with your child is fun and easy with this better approach to counting!
Written by a math educator, this innovative book encourages critical thinking and sparks memorable mathematical conversations. You and your child decide what to count on each page. You have many choices, and the longer you look, the more possibilities you'll notice. There are no wrong answers in this book. As long as you're talking about what you see, think, and wonder, you're talking math!
Hats Are Not for Cats!
Are hats for cats? A big, bossy dog and a determined cat disagree. This funny rhyming romp--with a large cast of cats and hats--leads readers to the perfect conclusion: hats are for everyone!
A big, severe, plaid-hat-wearing dog insists that the small black cat in the red fez shouldn't be wearing a hat--any kind of hat--because hats are for dogs. His patronizing tirade doesn't convince this cat, however. Defiantly, she wears an assortment of hats, described in the gleeful rhyming text, and brings in other cats to join the protest. The silliness of both text and pictures offers a cheerful take on bossiness and managing conflict, with a win-win resolution.
Moo, Moo, Chew, Chew
Transition your young reader from board books to picture books with this interactive story featuring sounds from the farm. Tear resistant paper helps little ones avoid ripped pages and encourages confidence in reading picture books, while the question-and-answer story delights and encourages readers to mimic the familiar sounds of a cow, a donkey, a goose, and other animals heard around the farm.
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'Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the house
Not a creature was stirring
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Battle of the Books Reading Lists
|The Alcatraz Escape||Jenifer Chambliss Bertman||Mystery|
|Because Of The Rabbit||Cynthia Lord||Animal|
|Eleanor Roosevelt's In My Garage!||Candace Fleming||Science Fiction|
|Finding Langston||Lesa Cline-Ransome||Historical Fiction|
|Flashback Four: The Hamilton-Burr Duel||Dan Gutman||Adventure|
|The Friendship War||Andrew Clements||Fiction|
|Front Desk||Kelly Yang||Fiction|
|The Girl In The Locked Room||Mary Downing Hahn||Ghost Story|
|Greystone Secrets The Strangers||Margaret Peterson Haddix||Fantasy|
|Insignificant Events In The Life Of A Cactus||Dusti Bowling||Mystery|
|The Law Of Finders Keepers||Sheila Turnage||Adventure|
|The Length Of A String||Elissa Brent Weissman||Fiction|
|Lion Down||Stuart Gibbs||Mystery|
|Louisana's Way Home||Kate DiCamillo||Historical Fiction|
|Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment||James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein||Mystery|
|Merci Suarez Changes Gears||Meg Medina||Fiction|
|The Miscalculations Of Lightning Girl||Stacy McAnulty||Fiction|
|One-Third Nerd||Gennifer Choldenko||Humor|
|Out Of Left Field||Ellen Klages||Sports|
|Over The Moon||Natalie Lloyd||Fantasy|
|Pay Attention, Carter Jones||Gary D. Schmidt||Humor|
|Property Of The Rebel Librarian||Allison Varnes||Fiction|
|The Remmarkable Journey Of Coyote Sunrise||Dan Gemeinhart||Fiction|
|Right As Rain||Lindsey Stoddard||Fiction|
|Saving Winslow||Sharon Creech||Animal|
|The Secret Sheriff Of Sixth Grade||Jordan Sonnenblick||Fiction|
|Song For A Whale||Lynne Kelly||Animal|
|Spy School Goes South||Stuart Gibbs||Adventure|
|Sweeping Up The Heart||Kevin Henkes||Historical Fiction|
|The Third Mushroom||Jennifer L. Holm||Science Fiction|
|The Train To Impossible Places||P.G. Bell||Fantasy|
|The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle||Leslie Connor||Mystery|
|The Unsung Hero Of Birdsong, USA||Brenda Woods||Historical Fiction|
|The Unteachables||Gordon Korman||Humor|
|The Vanderbeekers And The Hidden Garden||Karina Yan Glaser||Fiction|
|Walking With Miss Millie||Tamara Bundy||Historical Fiction|
|William Wenton And The Secret Portal||Bobbie Peers||Science Fiction|
|Word Of Mouse||James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein||Fantasy|
|A Good Kind of Trouble||Lisa Moire Ramee||Fiction|
|Amal Unbound||Aisha Saeed||Fiction|
|Angel Thieves||Kathi Appelt||Fantasy|
|Blended||Sharon M. Draper||Fiction|
|The Button War; A Tale of the Great War||Avi||Historical|
|Darius the Great is Not Okay||Adib Hhorram||Fiction|
|Denis Ever After||Tony Abbott||Fiction|
|Dread Nation||Justina Ireland||Fantasy|
|Fatality||Caroline B. Cooney||Fiction|
|Finding Audrey||Sophie Kinsella||Fiction|
|From You to Me||K. A. Holt||Fiction|
|Genesis Begins Again||Alicia D. Williams||Fiction|
|The Great Jeff||Tony Abbott||Fiction|
|Harbor Me||Jacqueline Woodson||Memoir|
|House Arrest||K. A. Holt||Fiction|
|How High the Moon||Karyn Parsons||Historical|
|It's Trevor Noah; Born a Crime||Trevor Noah||Memoir|
|The Journey of Little Charlie||Christopher Paul Curtis||Historical|
|Love, Hate and other Filters||Samira Ahmed||Fiction|
|My Family Divided||Diane Guerrero & Erica Moroz||Memoir|
|New Kid||Jerry Craft||Graphic novel|
|Nyxia||Scott Reintgen||Sci Fi|
|One Last Word||Nikki Grimes||Poetry|
|The Reason I Jump||Naoki Higashida||Memoir|
|Small Spaces||Katherine Arden||Fantasy|
|Still a Work in Progresss||Jo Knowles||Fiction|
|Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow||Jessica Townsend||Fantasy|